Martin Accad

June 1, 2013

The Day Hamas Walked Away from Damascus: What Future for the MENA Church? (Part 2)

By Martin Accad In my blog post last week, I suggested that Hamas’ shift from its allegiance to the Syrian regime back to its ideological roots in the Muslim Brotherhood was setting new priorities in the regional politics of the Middle East and North Africa region. It is redefining Sunni-Shi‘i […]
May 24, 2013

The Day Hamas Walked Away from Damascus (Part 1)

By Martin Accad Please note: The post this week is part 1 of 2 under the same title. This week’s post is historical and political in nature. Next week’s post will look at the implications of Hamas’ action for the Church and Christians in the Middle East and North Africa […]
March 23, 2013

Francis, the Saint and the Pope: What’s in that Name for Us?

by Martin Accad Two weeks ago, on 13 March 2013, Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected to the papacy. The media highlighted right away the newness that the 266th pope ushers in for the Catholic Church, even simply by virtue of who he is: the first Jesuit pope, the first pope […]
February 14, 2013

On Bearing False Witness: Our Casual and Repetitive Breach of the Ninth Commandment

By Martin Accad How lightheartedly we break the ninth commandment: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:16). This is a constant problem in my area of work: Christian-Muslim relations. I am not thinking of the way that Muslims portray Christianity, which can be the subject of […]
January 10, 2013

Who’s Your Hero? Reflections on Assad’s Latest Speech

By Martin Accad Many years ago, when I was 12, I took part in a children’s summer camp in Switzerland, attended mainly by Lebanese, but also by a dozen Syrian kids. I remember a game where each child was asked to declare who their hero was. There were, of course, […]
November 15, 2012

Will Obama’s Second Term Be Worth Dancing For? Revisiting the 2009 Cairo Speech

By Martin Accad On June 4, 2009, about 8 months after he took office for his first term, US President Barack Obama addressed the Muslim world from Cairo, Egypt. His remarks were entitled: “A New Beginning,” and were delivered from the stage of the University of Cairo, at the joint invitation […]
October 18, 2012

Domesticating Slavery in the Contemporary Arab World

by Martin Accad There is an issue in our Arab region these days that has become so blatantly intolerable that most people seem to have instinctively shut off their natural capacity to see it or to talk about it: the situation of “domestic workers.” Both those responsible for this human […]
September 19, 2012

“Terry Jones” Strikes Again! This time with his friends…

By Martin Accad The movie trailer, “Innocence of Muslims,” which was considered by millions to be offensive to Islam and to its prophet Muhammad is in its second week of controversy. Embassies have been burnt down, people have been killed, flags of western nations continue to go up in flames […]